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"Kitchen Fan Comes As Is." The New Normal.

Sometimes on listing information it will mention something like, "Kitchen fan comes as is."  That's a tip it doesn't work.  In this case they could have said, "Or isn't, as the case may be ... whatever."  This is The New Normal.

I was exceptionally amused when I saw the "kitchen fan."

And this apparently happened some time ago!

They were using the range with things in this condition!

Now, before you say there is no kitchen fan, and you might be right, there is a kitchen exhaust!

What, you say?

YES!  THAT FLAP LEADING TO THE OUTSIDE STILL OPENS!  SO YOU SEE, TECHNICALLY, THERE IS KITCHEN EXHAUST!

And I find the use of color exceptional!

See how it all blends!?

Remember I said this had happened some time ago?

Well, this little surprise in the wall was left in place also.

Yep, the old wiring remains.

AND, YES, IT IS HOT!

How fun!

My client asked me why they would leave an exposed, and still hot, electric cable in the wall.

My answer, and I didn't have a good one, was that maybe now and then they wanted to hook up a light bulb for cooking!

Knowing I was being facetious, and thinking it funny, that broke the ice for her. 

But the house was a mess overall.

This kind of thing is said to be the "new normal."

It really disturbs me that the market is this "normal" and buyers are having to absorb stuff like this. Often times dozens of things like this.

"Well, they don't have any money and can't fix these things," is the eventual explanation.

It's impossible to know if the price of the house reflects what will have to be done to it to bring it up to a maintained condition.

In this house, as in many I have been inspecting for the past couple of years, there were many things conveying "as is."  My client swore the list grew between her first visit seeing the house, and when we did the inspection.  And some things were missing that she saw as conveying when she first saw the house.  She was understandably upset by that.

My recommendation:  when you preview houses, look to see what comes "as is."  Keep the list with you when you do the home inspection and see if things have or have not changed!  I know an agent who takes photos!  If things have been broken, removed, or if there is a NEW list of what comes "as is."  If so, the house should be sold in the condition it was when it was first viewed and the offer was made.  The home inspector won't be much help when changes have been made!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 25 commentsJay Markanich • August 27 2012 03:55AM

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Good morning, Jay - Your posts are always incredible, but, to me, this one takes the cake. I understand overlooking clutter and even damage in a home you live in, but this is terrifying!

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) about 6 years ago

W&J - this home was an incredible disaster.  This is a small example of it.  And it is an "estate" sale now - the sellers will do NOTHING.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

I especially like the "flame tempering" look on the wooden cabinets. Kind of gives it that cabin in the woods feel.

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 6 years ago

I'm pretty sure distressed cabintry is in now Fred.  Maybe distressed electrical cables will catch on too!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

 

Morning Jay what a trip and to think the wiring is still hot.  Man oh man what is this market coming to?  Have a great Monday

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) about 6 years ago

The market is becoming "trickle up as is" James!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Hi Jay,

I bet the buyer was wanting to install a new fan, or have it replaced by the seller.

Kinda hard to hide that damage to the hood and cabinets.

Great way to see how a stove fire can damage things. Newly weds? LOL

Have a great day in Bristow my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) about 6 years ago

Trust me Clint, the only solution for this kitchen in general was gutting and redoing.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Nice! Btw that is an electric hot dog cooker, not a hot wire. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 6 years ago

Super cool Jim.  And by the looks of that cable and wire you might be right!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

I can honestly say that while our Short Sales are "as is" sales....what you see is what you get and the get doesn't change....our sellers are forever grateful and try to keep things as best they can.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 6 years ago

This is not a short sale S&D.  And I agree, what you see should be what you get.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

I am amazed that there was someone living in a house with that!  And using the stove.  With the advent of cameras on every smart phone, it is easy and free to snap photos. I usually do that at inspections but I will start to do this on showings for ones that might be "the one".

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) about 6 years ago

Kathryn - I find that light fixtures seem to get replaced a lot, from great to not-so great.  It's an idea anyway!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Ya, the new buzz words are "The New Normal." Author Patsy Claremont quipped in one of her books, "Normal is just a setting on your dryer." I believe that. There is no such thing as normal anymore. Was there ever?

Posted by Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor® (Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA) about 6 years ago

There is a whole lot of new stuff lately Doug, that is called normal!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Jay -- not sure if Jim got it right about the hot dog cooker, as the wire ends look a bit close for that to me.  I am guessing that wire was on a circuit with several other items that were still in use.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) about 6 years ago

They probably took it off of one of the kitchen receptacles Steven.  Excellent!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Distressed sales have caused this rash of "as is" conveyances.  It is, indeed, the new normal for many properties today.

The cure for not getting involved with these properties is for the buyers having realistic expectations.

Buyers who focus on price, price, price, may be buying junk, junk, junk.

The rule is, as is sales convey as is.

The reality is, you get what you pay for.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 6 years ago

True words Lenn.  This house is distressed because the former owner had lived there for many years and died, leaving it in the condition it was at that time.  It is an estate sale now, meaning the "kids" ain't doin' nuttin'!

I was afraid for this buyer, but can't control what she does!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Jay, These home are always a tough one. Unless you are will and and have the financial means to correct these issues rarely are they a good deal.

I bet you had a serious laundry list on this one.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Hello Jay,

Wow, someone was really cooking in that kitchen...I assume your buyer is getting this home at a really great price, even so - it may be time to move on to another house!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 6 years ago

I agree Don, and this client does not have that means.  Her brother is an electrician.  That's great, but there is a whole lot here of just that!

Lisa - I don't know the price, or how it would compare to a well-maintained house in this market.  But still, there is an awful lot here!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Jay, does that kitchen come with a barbecue or is it merely barbecued.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 6 years ago

It is quite the convenient kitchen for barbequing Shadow!  You don't need to go outside!  Just open the flap and let the smoke out!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

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